AAA Pathways to Careers Webinars

Fri, 03/12/2021 - 7:15pm to Thu, 04/22/2021 - 7:15pm

AAA Pathways to Careers Webinar Series Registration

As part of our membership with the American Anthropological Association, the Department of Anthropology is able to facilitate students' participation in the "AAA Pathways to Careers Webinar Series" this spring. Students interested in attending one or more of these webinars will need to request a registration discount code from Dr. Smith in order to unlock the webinar(s).

Please send an email to smithtj2@appstate if you are interested in attending and provide in your email 1) your name, 2) email address, and 3) Appalachian State University student ID number so that you can receive your free discount code.

All seminars are scheduled for Thursday at 1:00 PM ET

2021 AAA Pathways to Careers Webinar Series Events (full description of each event can be found below)

  • March 18th – Anthropologists Working in Hospital Settings
  • March 25th – Doing Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Your Way
  • April 1st – Contemplating a Career in Tech?
  • April 8th – Careers in the Public Sector
  • April 15th – Using Archaeological and Anthropological Skill Sets as Accessible Designers
  • April 25th – Anthropologists Building Careers in GIS (Geographic Information System)


Anthropologists Working in Hospital Settings

Thursday, March 18 – 1:00 PM ET

Hospitals employ vast numbers of people committed to improving health, arresting disease, and educating patients. Anthropologists seeking career opportunities in clinical settings find work as voice-of-the-customer and marketing specialists, patient and family advocates, researchers, and quality improvement coordinators, to name a few. This career webinar focuses on anthropologists working with both current and prospective patients, careers requiring an understanding of the patient landscape, clinical objectives, and hospital missions.

Doing Cultural Resource Management (CRM) Your Way

Thursday, March 25 – 1:00 PM ET

Most graduates of archaeology programs find their way into CRM. Employed by government agencies, private-sector CRM businesses, and tribal governments, these professionals apply their archaeological, ethnohistorical, and archival skills to shed light on cultures of the past. Their clients range from local community groups to firms to tribes and beyond, necessitating that they be able to develop rapport quickly, collaborate effectively, and produce customized reports and other digital materials. Presenters describe the work they do, the path leading into it, what they find satisfying about their employment, and any useful tips and preparation for getting into CRM.

Contemplating a Career in Tech?

Thursday, April 1 – 1:00 PM ET

The economy’s technology sector spearheads significant work in research and development related to computers, software, artificial intelligence, and other aspects of information technology. Anthropologists work in many tech firms, typically entering this industry with a Master’s degree. Presenters introduce the audience to their jobs, how they landed those jobs, the aspects of their work that relate to their anthropological training, and the value of networking to find similar positions.

Careers in the Public Sector

Thursday, April 8 – 1:00 PM ET

Anthropologists perform a range of jobs in the public sector, with a vast number working in federal government positions and others in state, local, and tribal government. The presenters at this webinar apply their anthropological training to program management in a federal government agency and performance management in a state government agency. They describe their own work, the paths they took to get where they are now, what they find valuable about the work they do, and suggestions regarding job market preparation for government jobs.

Using Archaeological and Anthropological Skill Sets as Accessible Designers

Thursday, April 15 – 1:00 PM ET

Practicing accessible design involves designing digital & physical spaces so that the greatest number of people can participate in multiple ways (e.g., sight, sound, touch) without later having to redesign the space to meet individual needs. Employers are increasingly recognizing the value of accessible design, as are institutions dedicated to learning and conservation. Therefore, creating accessible products and spaces is a growing area of interest. Presenters describe how their work incorporates and promotes accessibility, how they got into such work, why they are passionate about it, and recommendations for accelerating the adoption of accessibility in all workplace settings.

Anthropologists Building Careers in GIS (Geographic Information System)

Thursday, April 22 – 1:00 PM ET

As data increasingly becomes a common language across many industries and occupations, anthropology’s methods and perspective, including storytelling, are more important than ever. This webinar highlights the work of two anthropologists working in the data-centric field of GIS — one applying GIS within city government and the other carrying out research and design for a GIS software company. They talk about their current roles, how their anthropological training helped them enter into different parts of the GIS industry, the analytical tools they use to carry out their daily tasks, and the usefulness of stories in conveying what they learn from their data.